How can the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction best train correctional mental health providers in the criminal justice system to support persons experiencing suicide or self-injury?

Project started: May 19, 2023
Department or Agency: NC Department of Adult Correction

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TrainingCriminal JusticeEvidence-based PracticeSuicide and Self-Injury Prevention and Intervention

Project Overview


Incarcerated persons are at an elevated risk for self-directed violence (SDV), including suicide and self-injury, compared to the general population. SDV and related concerns occupy a considerable amount of staff time and resources, not only for correctional mental health providers but also for correctional system staff more broadly. A recent review of SDV prevention practices in carceral settings indicates a need for better training implementation and use of evidence-based clinical practices. At present, there are no evidence-based SDV prevention training programs developed and validated for correctional settings. This project aims to develop, implement, and evaluate the Core Competency Model of Suicide Prevention Training (CCM-C; Cramer et al., 2022) to account for assessment and intervention needs within a carceral environment.

The proposed specific aims are:

  Aim 1: To create the CCM-C training program.

  Aim 2: To assess preliminary training effectiveness.

  Aim 3: To gather training program quality improvement feedback from corrections stakeholders.

Anticipated deliverables

  • Development of a CCM-C toolkit to aid NC Department of Adult Correction (NCDAC)  mental health providers with assessing and intervening with incarcerated individuals at risk for self-injury; a final project report; and presentation to NCDAC.

Planned use of results

This study can help the NCDAC identify behavioral health needs and target behavioral health resources in the correctional system.


This project is funded using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Mental Health Block Grant funds through the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Use Services (DMH/DD/SUS), NC Department of Health and Human Services.


This project will involve primary data collection using surveys of correctional mental health providers.

The project is in progress.

We plan to post results and deliverables when the project is complete. In the meantime, we welcome questions about the project.

Project point of contact

Mark Kobelinski

Contract Specialist

Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services

Project Team

NC Department of Adult Correction

UNC Charlotte

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